Legal news from Friday, June 15, 2012

[JURIST] Former Goldman Sachs [corporate website] director Rajat Gupta was convicted on Friday of three counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Gupta was also acquitted [AP report] on two other counts of securities fraud. Gupta was arrested [JURIST report] in October and charged … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that provisions of Canada's Criminal Code [text] that forbid physician-assisted suicide unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. In her ruling, Justice Lynn Smith acknowledged that physician-assisted suicide is an issue that has sharply divided both … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the UK Court of Protection [official website] ruled Friday that a 32-year-old woman who suffers from anorexia [womenshealth.gov backgrounder], a fear of gaining weight resulting in decreased consumption of food, can be fed against her will. Justice Peter Jackson found that, by assessing the balance between … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday granted a request from Apple to hear its patent infringement case against Motorola [corporate websites]. Apple is seeking an injunction against some of Motorola's phones alleging that the company infringed upon its patents. Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit last week tentatively dismissed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that a former defense contractor who alleged that he was tortured while detained by the US military in Iraq cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive]. The contractor, … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns [official website], and on torture, Juan Mendez [official profile], on Friday condemned [press release] the violence against peaceful protesters, journalists and human rights defenders in Syria. Despite the government's promise of reform to end the prevalent violence in the country, the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged [statement] the international community to provide better protection of the worldwide elderly population. He pointed out that four to six percent of this vulnerable group is subject to physical, mental or financial abuses and other types of violence such as … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in Virginia dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] on Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the city of Lexington's 2011 ordinance banning the Confederate flag from being flown on city poles. The lawsuit, filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) [advocacy website], alleged that the ordinance violates … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Albany County State Supreme Court [official website] in New York on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging New York's membership in the multi-state climate pact, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) [program website]. The judge dismissed the case because it was filed too late [Reuters report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the government of Oman on Tuesday to stop arresting protesters and other activists who are calling for political reform. According to the GCHR, many of the Omani citizens who have been arrested have advocated for political reforms, … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Wyoming groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit [press release; case history] challenging the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) [official website] rules governing advertising, arguing the restrictions are overly broad and confusing. The Wyoming Liberty Group (WyLiberty) [advocacy website] and grassroots organization Free Speech filed the suit on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Congress of Colombia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday approved [press release] a new law to provide a "Legal Framework for Peace" by a vote of 63-3. It is expected that the proposed law, backed by President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish], will assist the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] issued a directive [memorandum, PDF] on Friday saying that it will stop deporting many illegal immigrants [press release] under the age of 30 who were brought to the US as children. In the memorandum, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] … [read more]

[JURIST] Justice Anthony Kennedy [official website] of the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] a temporary stay on a lower court's ruling invalidating Arizona's 2004 Proposition 200 [amendment, PDF], which requires voters to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote. The order effectively stayed the … [read more]

[JURIST] The presidents of two UN-backed courts this week joined the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in calling for the immediate release of four staff members who were detained in Libya earlier this month. The Presidents of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; statement] and the … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of news organizations asked [letter, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to allow live audio and video recording of the announcement of its decision regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. In its letter, the Reporters … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] on Friday sentenced [text, PDF] four former Bosnian Serb soldiers [case materials, in Croatian] for their involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijan and Zoran Goronja were found guilty … [read more]

[JURIST] Japanese police on Friday arrested the last major suspect accused of involvement in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. The attacks, allegedly orchestrated by a Japan-based cult known as Aum Shinrikyo [FAS backgrounder], killed 13 people and sickened more than 5,500 more. Katsuya Takahashi, … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian forces are sexually abusing men, women and children who have been detained during the ongoing conflict, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday. HRW interviewed more than a dozen former Syrian detainees who were sexually assaulted by either the Syrian army or pro-government militias known … [read more]

[JURIST] Fifty aid groups and UN offices on Thursday signed a joint statement [press release, PDF] urging Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], calling it a violation of international law. Among the signatories are Amnesty International, the World Health Organization and the UN Office of … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday swore in [press release] its new prosecutor, Gambian war crimes lawyer Fatou Bensouda, who will succeed Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profiles]. ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song [official profile], opened the ceremony with remarks on his confidence in Bensouda's ability to strengthen … [read more]

[JURIST] Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez [official profile] argued Thursday that Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] contravenes the state's constitution. Her response [Chicago Sun Times report], filed on behalf of Cook County Clerk David Orr [official website], is part of ongoing proceedings in two lawsuits filed [JURIST … [read more]

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